Bologna assistant manager Emilio De Leo suggests the referee viewing the Matthijs de Ligt incident on VAR “would’ve been a nice gesture.”
Maurizio Sarri complained Juventus left it too open for Bologna. “There’s a fine line between passing the ball effectively and keeping ephemeral possession.”
Bologna had penalty appeals in the final minutes of their 2-1 defeat to Juventus, but the IFAB rules show it was not a spot-kick.
Miralem Pjanic admits Juventus “need to kill off games earlier” after another tricky 2-1 victory over Bologna, but praised the tactical system.
Cristiano Ronaldo and a chaotic Miralem Pjanic strike allowed Juventus to squeeze past Bologna 2-1, despite Danilo’s impressive chest and volley.
Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s three Serie A games, Lazio-Atalanta for Europe, Napoli-Verona and Juventus host Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Bologna.
Ivan Juric told his Hellas Verona strikers to “wake up” after a 2-0 defeat to Napoli, as none of them have scored this season.
Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with Napoli’s “solidity and maturity” to beat Verona 2-0, then joked he’ll call Zlatan Ibrahimovic tonight.
Arkadiusz Milik celebrated his first goals of the season and confirmed he is “discussing a new contract” with Napoli, but assured he didn’t criticise Carlo Ancelotti.
Serie A leaders Juventus start Adrien Rabiot, Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi against an attack-minded Bologna with Rodrigo Palacio.
Arkadiusz Milik broke his duck in style, bagging both Napoli goals to beat Hellas Verona 2-0, although Alex Meret was decisive too.
Simone Inzaghi hit back at Atalanta Coach Gian Piero Gasperini after a 3-3 thriller. “I don’t accept his comments, because both Lazio penalties were clear.”
There were several surprises, as Pordenone fell in a six-goal thriller at Juve Stabia, Salernitana and Cittadella were also beaten, with Cosenza’s first win, but Benevento broke away.
Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli was “very proud” to hear Zlatan Ibrahimovic say he would like to play at the Stadio San Paolo.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo is “available to help the team in any role,” as the Napoli defender is moved to left-back against Verona today.
Ciro Immobile reveals what prompted Lazio to stage the comeback from 3-0 down to hold Atalanta 3-3. “We realised it was a pitiful display.”
Gian Piero Gasperini claims Atalanta were robbed in a 3-3 draw with Lazio, reminiscent of the Coppa Italia Final. “Neither of them were penalties!”
Napoli reshuffle again with Giovanni Di Lorenzo at left-back, Amin Younes, Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne together against Verona.
What a game of two halves! Atalanta dominated and took a comfortable 3-0 lead, but Lazio fought back to draw 3-3 with a stoppage-time penalty.
Antonio Conte and Inter are “disappointed” at losing Alexis Sanchez, but wants to “see the opportunity in a crisis” against Sassuolo.
Sampdoria-Roma remains at risk of a postponement, as the weather warnings in Genoa have been raised to Orange Alert.
Stefano Pioli wants Milan to “prove we’ve got clear ideas” in his debut against Lecce, but is tight-lipped on whether he’s starting Krzysztof Piatek.
Senad Lulic urged Lazio to “repeat the performance in the Coppa Italia Final,” when they beat Atalanta 2-0 in May.
Danilo is back in the Juventus squad for this evening’s game with Bologna, but Aaron Ramsey and Douglas Costa are still out.
Lazio rely on Ciro Immobile and Joaquin Correa in this head-to-head with Atalanta for European places, as Luis Muriel steps in for Duvan Zapata.
Fabio Liverani warns Milan that Lecce “certainly won’t clam up in our own half. Our philosophy is that attack is the best form of defence.”
Claudio Ranieri has been “both Coach and psychologist” in his first week at Sampdoria, as he prepares to face his old club Roma.
Roberto De Zerbi acknowledges “Inter are superior, but with courage and confidence in our own qualities, Sassuolo can cause them problems.”
Inter have reportedly agreed a deal to sell Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa to Flamengo for €18m plus 20-25 per cent of his future transfer fee.
Milan want Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as Coach and Ajax’s Marc Overmars as director of sport for next season, claim Mundo Deportivo.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic warned Inter not to “expect good technique from Romelu Lukaku” and revealed a bet they made at Manchester United.
Paulo Fonseca expects Roma to “take the initiative” against Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria, but blames the fixture list for injuries. “Modern football is killing the greatest players.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked back over his Serie A career at Juventus, Inter and Milan, but the Rossoneri are now “a disaster, not the club everyone fell in love with.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic explained why he could return to Serie A for Inter, Napoli or even Bologna. “It remains the most difficult league in the world.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic declares “Italy is my second home, but I want to challenge for the Scudetto. I can still make the difference. I’m not a zoo animal to be put on display.”